The nice and unusually warm weather that we are having this winter in Minnesota made me want to take Lila for an extra long walk today. Lila has a habit of watching me as I get ready. She pants and follows me around the house as I try to find all the items I need to stay warm. She looks at me as if she is thinking, “What is taking you so long?” Well, I need a lot of stuff!
Even though it was a balmy 30 degrees outside, I still wore two pairs of sweats. I put on a stylish crocheted black hat, my lighter-weight gray jacket, my purple knitted scarf, black boots and sunglasses. Other necessities were put in my pockets: a plastic bag for Lila droppings, cell phone and key. I put Lila’s gentle leader on much to her chagrin, clipped on her leash, and away we went. “Finally,” Lila seemed to say.
The sun was a welcomed sight as it has been hiding behind clouds for many days making us feel as if we lived in a bog.
Lila headed towards the small park.
“No, Lila, this way,” I said. “We are going to the big park!”
Lila always does a hop as she turns the other way while wagging her tail when she finds out that we are going to the big park. She knows that the big park takes a lot longer and has many different smells.
Many people were out enjoying the day. It seemed as if we all had a touch of spring fever. That thought struck even more true as I heard what I thought was a bunch of kids yelling at us from a truck that was passing by.
At first I thought, “Gosh, no one has hooted and hollered at me like that for years. They must really like the looks of my ensemble, sweatpants and all!” But then, as they passed, I noticed that it was two little yippity dogs barking out the driver’s side window. I guess it wasn’t me that they were barking at, but at my beautiful dog who seemed to puff up as she was striding along besides me.
Oh, well, it’s still nice to get noticed!
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